Types of Dogs
Assistance Animal (ESA)
NO protection under ADA - Protections under FHA
An assistance animal (sometimes refered to as an Emotional Support Animal) is an animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or that provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified effects of a person’s disability. An assistance animal is not a pet. An Assistance Animal (or ESA) is typically trained for basic obedience and has been trained to provide emotionally supportive behaviors for their handler. These behaviors are typically centered around providing affection and emotionally supportive behaviors to the handler when the dog senses a depressed or emotionally disturbed state.
NO protection under ADA
A Companion Dog is typically a pet. there is usually no professional obedience training provided. These animals are just a pet. They are still great, and a member of the family, just not afforded any protections under law.